Poland Seminary High School senior Andrew Testa advanced in the national level to compete against 255,000 students throughout the United States.
Andrew was awarded the highest of honors receiving the first place medal and was invited to attend the national ceremony June 6 at Carnegie Hall in New York City.
Each year Poland Seminary High School Art Teacher Tammi Johnson enters several art pieces from students in her art class for Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition.
Photo by Mike Capps, Town Crier
Poland art student Andrew Testa advanced to a national competition and will be heading to New York City in June.
In its 90th year, the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards include winners such as Andy Warhol and Robert Redford, but before a student can move onto the national competition, they must first compete on the regional level. Competitors in the local region are from Mahoning, Trumbull and Ashtabula counties.
Johnson's art students and their awards include Anthony Lattanzio, silver key for sculpture; Gabrielle Vargo, silver key for photography; Andrew Testa, gold key for painting; and Justin Mitcham, gold key for charcoal.
''If it weren't for Miss Johnson that painting would've sat in my room forever,'' Andrew said. ''I would not have heard of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, and I wouldn't be going to Carnegie Hall.''
Upon graduation, Andrew plans to enter an apprenticeship as a residential electrician while still continuing his art and playing music as a hobby.